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My last post talked about preparing for your move–some of the things that need to be done before you start packing.  So now, let’s talk about packing. If you prepare for your move by purging, you’ve set the stage for packing only those things that you really want to take with you.

Start by creating a list of things that you’ll need access to as soon as you get to your new home.  For example, your toiletries, items that you might need for the movers, utility company information, etc.  These are things that you want to pack in a “right now” box so that you know where they are at all times and can get to them quickly.  Anything that can go into that box when you start packing should, then continue to add items as they become available and as your move date gets closer. This is a box that you don’t want to let go onto the moving truck, but instead into your car and then to a designated place in your new home as things are being moved in.  My designated spot was a particular closet.

Next, start packing things that you aren’t using such as out of season clothing, decor, etc.  As you pack, add the boxes to the list that you created (see Preparing For Your Move).  Give each box a number and remember to number each box with the same number you give it on the list.  For instance, when packing your kitchen you might end up with 8 boxes, so you would number them “kitchen box 1”, etc. and have the number reflected on your list along with a description of items that are in each box.  This allows you to refer back to the list at any time during packing or after your move and easily locate where something is without having to open several boxes to get to what you’re looking for.

As you continue to pack, keep coming back to the list to update it with the new boxes that have been packed.  Allow yourself at least one week to pack.  The bigger your space and the more things you have, the more time you’re going to need.  There will, of course be last-minute things to pack, so keep boxes and other packing materials handy throughout moving day.

If you read my previous post you’ll remember that I mentioned getting rid of things before my move as well as my master check list.  Those were just two things that helped me prepare for the move.

Someone recently said to me that one good thing about moving is that you get rid of all of the things that you don’t need or want, and that’s so true.  Before you pack anything, go through each and every room or space in your home and start purging.  Get rid of the things that no longer serve you because they aren’t being used, don’t fit, are broken, don’t work or because you simply don’t want them.

You might find it difficult to get rid of things that you aren’t using that you paid a lot of money for or that have sentimental value.  If you just can’t part with something that you spent a good deal of money on, then sell it online or have a garage sale.  For the things that have sentimental value, ask yourself why you really want to hold onto it.  I recently had a client who didn’t want to part with a sweater that she hand knitted some time ago.  Her way of parting with it was to gift it to her grand-daughter.  As you’re getting rid of things, determine which things won’t be a fit for your new space and give them away or sell them.

Once your purging is complete, you can begin packing, but before you do, create a master list that will show you what is in each box that you pack.  This way you’ll have an inventory of everything and you’ll know what’s in each box.  Have a separate section for each area that you pack (living room, dining room, kitchen, office, etc.)  Each line entry will have a box or bin number and a column for a description of what’s in each.  This list can be used for quick easy reference as you continue to pack and will be a great resource for you once you get to your new home.

Next you’ll want to create a list of things to do that includes dates that you’ll carry out the particular tasks.  This list is crucial.  It will help you stay on track and if it’s thorough, will keep you from missing a beat.  Remember, this is something that you’re going to be doing in addition to all of the other things that you normally do, so it’s more added to your plate.  You’re going to need all the support that you can get.

In my next post I’ll share tips on packing.

Believe it or not, clutter doesn’t just impact your physical environment.  One thing that it impacts is your physical body.  Think about how you’ve felt before when you’ve walked into a cluttered space.  It’s confining, it seems to suck all of your energy and makes it hard to focus on what you’re doing.  In cluttered office spaces you may have had the feeling of something coming over you when you walk into the space.  Have you ever had one of these experiences when you walk into a cluttered space?

When we clear the clutter and address the underlying reason for it being present, it paves the way for us to release other things.  For example, once you let go of the clutter, it paves the way for you to release excess weight.  And likewise, when you loose weight, you feel the need to get rid of the clutter that’s in your environment.  The two are directly connected.  One is a reflection of the other.  To deal with either one of them you have to change your perspective and look at what lies beneath to get rid of your clutter once and for all.

One of the things that I find people struggle most with is clutter.  It starts small and then it builds into something that you just can’t seem to get rid of.  It can get to the point of  you having one room or an entire house full of clutter.  The challenge is getting to the point of being able to clear it up and then to keep it from coming back.

The truth of the matter is that clutter has physical,  emotional and mental connections that we aren’t aware of.  When you aren’t aware of those connections and what they are, you can clear the clutter, but it’s guaranteed to come back because the root of the problem hasn’t been addressed.

I have found that people dealing with clutter have had something happen that starts the process of things accumulating and when they get to the point of being serious about getting rid of it, they are ready to get to the physical, emotional and mental things that are present and cluttering their lives.  When the internal connections are addressed in the process of getting rid of the clutter, it’s possible to get rid of the clutter and keep it away for good.

Do you have clutter that you just can’t get rid of or have you gotten rid of it before only to have it return?  Are you all cluttered out?  Post your thoughts or experiences in a reply.

Learn more during our F-R-E-E September  TeleClinic recording, Clutter: Your Environment, Body & MindClick here for info.

We all have junk drawers–in the kitchen, the office, the bedroom.  Whether  you have one or more, they accumulate a lot of things since they’re the catch-all for the things that don’t have a home.

It doesn’t have to stay that way.  You can bring order to your junk drawer.  To start the process, measure your drawer and purchase a drawer organizer with adjustable dividers.  Start by dumping the entire drawer out onto a surface with enough room for you to work and start sorting the items.  Decide what to keep and what you’re going to throw away.  Also create a pile of things that don’t belong in the drawer and put them away once you’re done.  If you can no longer use it, get rid of it.  Make a decision about everything in the drawer.

Once you’ve done that, insert the drawer organizer and adjust the dividers as needed to fit your items into the various sections, then start adding items to teh drawer, placing like items together.  Only put items that you actually use into the drawer and palce the items that you don’t  use so often toward the back of the drawer.

On a regualr basis, purge the drawer of things that you don’t use and if there is something that doesn’t belong in that drawer don’t put it in there!

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